Category Archives: net stuff

Money can’t buy

I have been supplementing my income doing online surveys and such. It started off with curiosity but now it became a way to pay for small expenses.

In the past three years, I find that MOBROG pays quite well, with a regular supply of online surveys. Sign up process is fairly easy. A valid email address and nickname are the main requirements, plus date of birth and postcode. Minimum cashout is US$6.25 via PayPal registered with the same email address.

I had signed up with GlobalTestMarket earlier than Mobrog, over five years ago. Back then, your aim is to achieve 1,000 ‘marketpoints’ to redeem your payment of US$50.00. I have achieved that maybe twice. They paid using cheques which took quite a while to arrive and another month or two to be cashed at the local banks. Then, the payment system changed to PayPal but now you have the option to use the marketpoints for other stuff like UNICEF gift vouchers, online shopping vouchers in addition to cash which is now paid via PayPal. I have not been very active here since I get frustrated by the surveys which kept screening me out.

Recently, I found AyuWage. This is something I never thought I would try, clicking on ads for payment. Hah. After three weeks, I have reached the minimum cashout of US$5.00 via PayPal. Click on the banner below should you feel interested to try it out. It is quite simple, although there are links that I feel personally offended to open while others were quite informative. And I have been able to learn new Spanish word from some of the sites I encountered.

AyuWage Services - Get Paid to Visits Sites and Complete Surveys


I had a vision of love…

… in 3D!


A blending sponge is already three-dimensional, no? And a lip pouting tool? I’m barely able to handle BB/CC cream with the rest of the stuff women put on their faces, let alone this kind of Technology.

Write me one?

I found this on Thought Catalog:

I believe that when men and women receive a love letter it is the only situation in which they make an effort to read better than they usually do. When they read a love letter, they read for all they are worth. They read every word more than once; they read between the lines and margins; they read the whole in terms of their parts, and each part in terms of the whole. They are sensitive to context and ambiguity and feel the weight of sentences. They may even take the punctuation seriously.

The writer has written almost 400 letters to strangers this year alone.  Talk about being prolific.  It started after a bout of loneliness following his college graduation.

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I’d written loads of letters since I was 14.  Being a boarder, it was the cheaper alternative to long distance phone calls.  Then I went to Japan and most of my friends were either here or in other parts of the world, which meant more letters.  Until email started to become a viable mode of communication that is.

I think it’s really difficult to write a good letter now, because the process of putting thoughts to paper has been replaced by too many ‘instants’.  SMS, BBM, other messaging platforms and Twitter.  All so-called real time communication, rapid and in your face.

I’d still love to receive a letter, though.


Speak softly, please

A self-described introvert, it took Susan Cain seven years to write a book, and then spent a year learning the ways of public speaking since her job now is to promote said book.

I love how she described her family’s favourite pastime, and her grandfather’s apartment.  Reading and writing.  Two things I’ve neglected this past year…

Simply awesome

I saw Frank Warren live in March 2010 in St. Louis. It’s still amazing to see him addressing a crowd, and he was on TED.